Wednesday, November 13, 2013

WASHPO | Is Washington broken? Not for the city’s exploding startup scene.

Go HERE to read the full Washington Post article by Brian Fung.

Excerpt:
"Henderson isn't the only innovator who's decided to strike out on his own. Christopher Dail is a project architect at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. But on the side, he runs a startup called SurveySnap, a mobile application for architectural surveys. During the recent government shutdown, Dail poured all of his efforts into the new business. 
"It's a blessing in disguise," he said at the time. 
Dail is a member of 1776, a startup incubator that launched this year in a 15,000-square-foot space in downtown Washington. The combination classroom and working space helps new companies get off the ground, offers workshops for entrepreneurs and features periodic "hack-a-thons." It got its start with a $200,000 grant from the city government, along with additional support from Microsoft, Comcast and Capital One, among others. By co-founder Evan Burfield's estimate, 1776 hosts roughly 170 businesses and has received applications from 500 more. The majority of its startups are Washington-based."

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